NXT United Kingdom Champion WALTER has discussed his less than stellar outing at Survivor Series 2019 when he was part of the men’s NXT team.
Survivor Series in recent years has become a battle for brand supremacy between Raw and SmackDown. This got a twist in 2019 when Triple H led NXT as an invading force into the main roster and the third brand got equal billing in the war for bragging rights.
Among several tri-branded matches, a men’s five-on-five-on-five tag team match was set with Raw, SmackDown, and NXT going head to head to head. Despite being a representative of NXT UK rather than NXT itself, WALTER staked a claim for a place on the black and gold brand’s team as a dominant NXT UK Champion.
The crowd in the Allstate Arena were clearly excited to see the Austrian star go toe to toe with the likes of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Randy Orton but much to their chagrin the dominant WALTER was eliminated first from the match in less than three minutes.
Speaking exclusively to Inside The Ropes’ own Kenny McIntosh on a conference call ahead of his match at NXT TakeOver: 36 with Ilja Dragunov, WALTER explained why that experience did not leave him feeling sour:
“First of all I’ve said it before I’m like a basic wrestling guy, I like a one-on-one or I like a tag match or a six-man tag. But I don’t like three ways and I especially don’t like three ways when it’s a team of five on each side. That’s first of all, those circumstances aren’t very enjoyable for me. In regards of the match, it was what it was but I think people still talk about it so it’s still memorable and the reactions I got from let’s say the main roster audience was like even though I was in front of them for the first time were very positive in my direction and that stayed in the heads of a lot of people.”
“So I don’t think it hurt me at all because it didn’t change me or didn’t change who I am. I don’t know, I wasn’t bitter about anything like that. I watched Survivor Series as a kid many, many times and if I never make it back I at least was in Survivor Series once so that’s something to be happy about. But no, at the end of the day it is what it is and there are no ill feelings towards it.”
WALTER puts the title he has held for well over 850 days on the line against Dragunov at a TakeOver that occurs at what is becoming an increasingly uncertain time for NXT.